PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. Though this disease is familiar in pop culture, very few are aware of the symptoms and how to treat it. According to The American Psychiatric Association (APA), PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.”
Those whom medical experts have historically documented as prone to suffering from PTSD are soldiers, police officers, firefighters and other professions that deal with extremely different situations on an average basis. We also must point out that just because a profession doesn’t usually consist of working under harsh conditions does not mean those who work in those jobs won’t fall to PTSD. It really doesn’t matter what type of profession a person is in because PTSD is a disease that has the potential to affect us all. Even a minor accident may and can have a big effect on us. No matter how much emotional and physical strength we have, accidents and other traumatic experiences may and can affect us mentally, emotionally and certainly physically.
Symptoms to look out for:
• Reoccurring flashbacks of traumatic event
• Trouble relating to or connecting with friends, family members and coworker
• Displaying extreme and sudden anger / sadness or extreme happiness that comes and goes
• Headaches, chest pain or nausea
• Being sensitive to loud noises, smells, or unfamiliar people around you
• Difficulty in sleeping or even sleeping too much
• Lost or change in appetite
• Lack of interest in the things that used to excite you
• Dramatic decrease in sex life
A person’s interest in sex is one of the first things that gets affect after someone experience a trauma. PTSD affects our hormones and without our hormones our sex life becomes nonexistent.
“Individuals with PTSD may avoid intimacy because it raises feelings of emotional vulnerability, necessitates some degree of physical vulnerability, or is incompatible with constant hypervigilance,” say authors Rachel Yehuda Ph.D., Amy Lehrner Ph.D., and Talli Y. Rosenbaum MSc in an article titled “PTSD and Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women” published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. “For trauma survivors with PTSD, the relinquishing of control necessary to achieve orgasm may trigger feelings of helplessness, anger, and fear such that sexual activity becomes paired with negative [effect]. Emotional numbing and interpersonal disconnection also run counter to sexual desire and function.”
PTSD is treatable and those who suffer from it can get help. There are doctors and counselors who can guide those suffering from the disease towards the right path. In addition to doctors and counselors, one can attend support group meetings and also, performing individual functions such as yoga and exercising can help.